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Exploring the Mind of an April Fool

Exploring the Mind of an April Fool

April 1, 2016

Despite the fact that fooling others on the first day of April is a long-standing tradition in certain American, European and Asian cultures, April Fool’s Day tricks are often successful. Wouldn’t you think that…

‘Viewpoint’ gives voice to USC Dornsife faculty thought leaders

‘Viewpoint’ gives voice to USC Dornsife faculty thought leaders

March 29, 2016

We’re living in a world with a 24-hour news cycle, and USC Dornsife faculty members have much to contribute to the conversation. With that in mind, the USC Dornsife Office of the Dean and Office of Communication have…

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

March 22, 2016

Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, grew up at the tail end of the 1960s, the son of an immigrant parent. The influences of his…

Ange-Marie Hancock of political science, gender studies and sociology has written a new book on intersectionality, which looks at the relationship between power and race, gender, class and sexuality.

To better understand how society works, take a closer look at the intersections

February 26, 2016

The United States, though led by an African American president, has witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Scandinavia, largely a progressive, socially oriented and egalitarian region, violence against women…

East L.A. shopkeeper and Christian Syrian immigrant Mansur Nahra (seated), serving as best man at the 1929 wedding of his employee, Isidoro. Photo courtesy of Vera Tamoush.

Middle East expert finds Syrian Americans comprise a rich multiplicity of identities

February 18, 2016

When Sarah Gualtieri interviewed Vera Tamoush, the daughter of Syrian Christian immigrants to Los Angeles, Tamoush described her father, Mansur Nahra, as Mexican. How, asked Gualtieri, associate professor of American…

Bill Carrick, Fred Davis and Todd Purdum (left to right) participate in an event titled “The Day After: What Happens Post New Hampshire” as part of the USC Dornsife Department of Political Science’s Political Conversations series. Photo by Yaminah McKessey.

Why are non-establishment presidential candidates triumphing in early primaries?

February 16, 2016

Months before voters turned out en force to show support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Fred Davis received a call from his 89-year-old mother. She wanted to know from her son, a…

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Ben Carson represent liberal and conservative views. Photo collage by USC Staff.

Purity: It both unites us and keeps us apart

February 2, 2016

Purity is the moral foundation that drives people apart — and a glue that keeps them together, a new study shows. The study, led by USC Dornsife researchers, combined computer science, moral psychology and sociology of…

Identity-based motivation helps students see their difficulties with school as signs that schoolwork is important, which in turn can improve academic performance, according to USC Dornsife researchers.

Digital game aims to motivate students

January 22, 2016

A USC professor’s program to motivate children to achieve success in school and at work will soon be translated into a digital game to help more students succeed academically. USC Dean’s Professor of Psychology…

Matthew Kahn is currently a visiting professor of economics and spatial sciences at USC Dornsife but will come onboard full-time in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Matthew Kahn.

New faculty member brings passion for environmental economics

January 21, 2016

When Matthew Kahn was nine years old, in the early 1970s, he wrote a letter to then-President Gerald Ford to inquire about the details of Ford’s “Whip Inflation Now” economic program. “At a very young…

Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science, pictured in 1998. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Mark Kann, 68

January 20, 2016

Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 68. Kann died of causes related to multiple myeloma on Jan. 5 at his home in San…